Worship

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Worship is an integral part of the Christian faith. There are a large number of verses in the Bible that in some way tell us to worship/praise God. My favourite verse is actually one of these. “Praise the LORD, O my soul: And all that is within me, bless his holy name” Psalm 103:1 (KJV). For the longest time I had a very shallow vision of what worship was, I had always assumed that worship was when we sang praise and worship songs at youth, Sunday school, church, etc. It wasn’t until probably grade 10 or 11 that I realized that there was so much more to it than that.

Our Father wants us to worship Him because he provides, is watching over us, created us, and an endless amount of other reasons. Just like there is an endless amount of things to praise God for, there are almost as many ways to worship him. To name just a few prayer (1 Chronicles 29:10), Singing (James 5:13), and reading the Bible. I have always “struggled” with prayer, I struggle to say what I need to, but what I have come to realize these last 2 years is that the times I struggled to come up with the right words were the times that I was farthest away from Jesus. God knows exactly what is going on in our lives, and he has no need to hear our prayers, but he chooses to listen to our pleas and praise, because he wants to comfort us and wants us to know that he is always there.

God knows that we as humans will not always want to worship Him, because we don’t see the bigger picture and when trials and tribulations come our way we get angry, sad, depressed, etc. So what has He told us to do? He says Lament. Lament is defined in the dictionary as “to express sorrow, mourning, or regret”. God wants to here our sorrows, our pain, our anger, our frustration, etc. As I said above, He knows what is going on, He wants us to cry out to Him so that we can become closer to Him.

I want to encourage you to try a new form of worship or one that maybe you haven’t done in a while. For example if you haven’t served someone in a while try that, or if you don’t take time out of your day to read the Bible read a chapter a day for the next week. Jesus wants a relationship with us and relationships are not one sided, we can not expect Jesus to do everything for us if we are not willing to get into the thick of it and make a commitment to spend time with Him. Hopefully by serving you will learn something new about yourself, about Jesus and about your relationship with Him.

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Beauty

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:27. I have recently noticed a lot of females doing this selfie challenge, where they take a selfie with no make-up or hair products (all natural). It really got me thinking; As men and as a society as a whole why do we put a huge pressure on women to look a certain way? If God created us in his image why do we try so hard to create a new image for ourselves?

Here is an answer straight from the Bible, ” The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. When we look at others we are looking through a film of sin called the world, when Adam and Eve sinned they left the garden and entered a new world that was covered in filth (sin). Now that we live in this world we see things differently than we should. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so the sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:7. The Bible makes it clear that the reason we do all these things is because we live in the world which is filled with sin. As Christians I believe that we are called to be more than what the world tells us to be, in fact God tells us not to live like the rest of the people, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2.

Anyways, I am not trying to condemn women for wearing make-up or doing special/crazy things with their hair, what I am trying to say is that women and men should not be afraid to be all natural, and they should not have to worry about what other people think about their appearance. God made you who you are!

At the same time I would encourage everyone to continue this all natural look, because you are all beautiful and are made in God’s image; although you may not always feel like it remember that God loves you for you and not for what the world wants you to be.